Sep 25, 2004 · 1 minute read
It's Cadbury's chocolate — but shaped like a Pringle! GREATEST THING EVER!
Sep 24, 2004 · 1 minute read
This Friday’s selections are just the right thing for when an Autumn day is drawing to a close.
Epic 45 — I’m Getting Too Young For This
Epic 45 are a UK band, but this song comes recommended via Laura, Chapel Hill and the WXYC radio station (they don’t have a UK record deal at the moment). It has one of those
guitar parts; gentle and disarming, introspective and star-gazing. The vocals are hidden behind multiple echo effects, a technique stolen from Disco Inferno (but if you’re going to steal, you might as well go after the best). It’s a song that is trying to express itself, but can’t, hiding behind its tricks, offering brief glimpses of its real state of mind.
Section 25 — Inspiration
Another old Factory record. This one is much closer to the traditional Factory sound; not surprising considering that this was produced by Bemusic, or New Order under a pen name. A stripped-down dance tune, with a very simple synth melody (which sounds fantastic, but it’s only about five notes), a spaced-out drum beat, and the ever-helpful advice of “once you’ve left the floor, there ain’t no beat no more”
. It’s perfect listening for 1am…
Sep 23, 2004 · 1 minute read
Perhaps next week, then. Sorry!
Sep 22, 2004 · 1 minute read
Happy 50th Birthday, Dad!
Sep 21, 2004 · 1 minute read
To the person who sent over 100 spam comments to this weblog today:
I really hope that your mobile phone number is discovered by persistent early-morning telemarketers…
Sep 19, 2004 · 1 minute read
It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day
. me hearties!
Avast! Arrr! Shiver and timbers! And suchlike.
Q. Why doesn't the Pirate Academy have a dean's list?
A. Cause they're all sea students.
Sep 18, 2004 · 1 minute read
This week! A Scandinavian special!
The Knife — Heartbeats
Annie — Heartbeat
Two songs, one from Sweden, the other from Norway, both harking back to the magic discontinuity of 1982-3, when New Pop was in ascendence. The Knife is helped by the stilted voice and a jaunty Cyndi Lauper-esque backing track, snarling rage and disappointment bubbling under the surface. Annie, on the other hand, is silky smooth, channelling Trevor Horn and ABC to come up with The Look of Love (Part 23). Annoyingly, Annie's new album, Anniemal (yes, I know. Take it from me — what I heard almost makes up for the criminal pun), keeps on being delayed; it was supposed to be released in the UK this week, but it's now looking likely for early 2005. See if you can get hold of a pre-release copy from the usual file-sharing networks.
Oh, and finally, because nobody demanded it!
Vanilla Ice & The Fun Loving CriminalsVanilla Ice Snacks
Sep 16, 2004 · 1 minute read